We at Michelle’s Piano Company have encountered many people looking for a used Steinway for their home or their studio. Unfortunately, many people are simply misinformed when purchasing a used Steinway and then make an unwise decision in the purchase of such an instrument. Steinway & Son of New York strongly recommend when considering the purchase of a used Steinway that you look to one of their appointed partners in your geographic areas.
Simply put, you can only purchase a used Steinway piano with confidence from the authorized Steinway representative with true peace of mind. Perhaps, I can use a car analogy. If I am looking for a high end notable luxury car I would go to the authorized dealer in my area to preview and purchase one. For many reasons; they were selected by the manufacturer as having a very high standard in the areas of business practices, customer satisfaction, dependable and honest service work and a reputation that exceeds expectations. Though I can purchase that car at any given car lot I will have the most success and pain – free relationship with the authorized car dealer. The same pragmatic rational thought and plan can be given to the purchase of a used Steinway from the authorized Steinway representative in a given area. In this post we are going to look at seven types of USED STEINWAY PIANOS: (the following taken by pamphlet written by Casey Saliba www.usedsteinwaypiano.com or www.steinway.com)
1- Shell- A used Steinway piano that has never been restored. typically, the piano is not in playing condition, if it will play at all. The piano has been neglected, damaged, or compromised, and has had no annual maintenance for an extended period of time.
2- Repaired-This is a Steinway that has had parts repaired over time without replacing any major components. The piano has been maintained and is still capable of being played daily, but major parts will likely need replacing in the future.
3- Rebuilt- A rebuilt Steinway is a piano in which all the components have been rebuilt to its original condition. Some major components commonly rebuilt are the soundboard, bridges, and action parts, as well as the case.
4- Stein- Was – A Stein- Was is a used Steinway piano that has had one or more parts replaced with non- Steinway parts. Therefore, it was a Steinway piano; now it isn’t.
5- Original- An original used Steinway is one that has never had any parts replaced since it was manufactured. Typically, these are less than 20 years old.
6- Factory Restoration- A Steinway piano that was restored by the Steinway Restoration Center in New York City and had the original parts replaced with genuine Steinway parts.
7- Heirloom Collection- Steinway Heirloom Collection piano are available through authorized Steinway dealers. each Heirloom carries the same five year warranty as new Steinway, has genuine Steinway part and is distinguished by a medallion on the inner rim and a Certificate of Authenticity.